This week’s video tour brings us to Devonshire, an unforgettable English-style Country Estate situated at 96 Westwood Drive, Bedford Corners, NY 10549.
Calling all aspiring land barons! This rare Gilded Age Mansion on over 101 acres represents one of the region’s most impressive and interesting properties. The home was built in 1901 for financier J. Borden Harriman, a member of New York’s social elite, and his wife Daisy who like many other notable New Yorkers of the day came to this area to build their grand country estate. Known as “hilltoppers” among the locals, these prominent residents built their mansions atop the rolling hills for which the area is known.
Originally set on over 250 acres, Devonshire still retains the architectural splendor and remarkable privacy of its historic roots. And it’s surprisingly accessible thanks to its proximity to New York City- only 45 minutes away.
We have just released the latest edition of our Luxury Market Report detailing activity from the first quarter of 2012 for properties priced at $2 million or more in Westchester County and $1 million+ in Putnam and Dutchess counties.
With a very busy first quarter behind us, we are delighted to report on substantial improvements in the luxury marketplace in both the number of sales as well as the number of pending transactions.
Using Westchester County as our key indicator, there were significant increases in the number of total homes sold – up 28 percent and total dollar volume, also up 24 percent compared with the same period last year. In select price ranges, pending sales have risen remarkably versus a year ago, reflecting the unusually high level of activity we experienced in the luxury marketplace in February and March.
Houlihan Lawrence continued to dominate marketwide representing 51 percent of luxury sales throughout our three-county territory. [Read more]
Built on the grounds of the former Scribner estate, home to the famed publisher, this newly constructed masterwork is one of Westchester’s most exciting new offerings. Supremely private grounds overlooking scenic Howland Lake surround the main residence created by master designer L. Scott Johnson in collaboration with the esteemed architectural firm, Franz & Franze Architecture. Spectacular gardens, an outdoor fireplace, a 45′ heated pool, pool house and charming guest house count among the many highlights of this private and peaceful domain, ideally situated less than an hour from Manhattan.
Looking for a gracious home that is easy to live in and maintain? Elegant design and easy living mix happily at this rare one-level luxury residence cloistered within prestigious Thomas Wright Estates. Refined entertaining rooms and a tour de force kitchen adjoining a Great Room offer stunning entertaining spaces, while a lavish master wing and 3 additional bedrooms provide plenty of room for visiting family and guests. Magnificent grounds, beautifully designed with low maintenance plantings and a spectacular infinity pool create a delightful private haven.
A waterfront pool, English gardens, a private dock and mooring are just a few of the many pleasures to be found at this spectacular circa 1925 waterfront home set on a private island overlooking scenic Larchmont Harbor.
Offered for the first time in 40 years, this bucolic estate was the long-time country home of legendary philanthropist Brooke Astor. One of the region’s last great private estates, the 65-acre property hosts a majestic circa 1927 stone manor, two pools, cottages and numerous other outbuildings. Magnificently landscaped, the grounds come alive in the Spring when over 10,000 daffodils make their annual debut.
Recently, one of our most impressive offerings, The Pinnacle at Conyers Farm, was featured on NBC’s Open House NYC. Celebrated architect Dinyar Wadia conducted a complete tour of the estate, which sits atop the highest point in Conyers Farm, the exclusive 1500-acre enclave that spans both Greenwich, CT and North Castle, NY.
Over 18,000 square feet of luxury living is showcased including an indoor pool modeled after the pool at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera. Whether you are looking for the ultimate in estate living or simply seeking inspiration, you’ll marvel at the many special features of this spectacular estate.
Enjoy a tour of one of the region’s greatest estates from the comfort of your own home.
In many homes, the main staircase often represents a visitor’s first glimpse of the architectural splendor and decorative style that lies beyond.
Many of our area’s most distinguished estates are introduced by beautifully-designed staircases that are truly works of art. Whether elegantly curved or boldly ornate, here are a few staircases that guarantee an impressive arrival.
Cassiobury in Bedford, a 1920s brick Georgian built with architectural elements reclaimed from one of England’s most important historic houses, features a beautiful curved main staircase. It is a duplicate of the staircase taken from the original Cassiobury in England, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Essex, that was dismantled in the 1920s. The original staircase made its way to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and is still on display today.
The split staircase capped by a soaring ceiling at Rockledge in Rye offers a dazzling introduction to this newly constructed, majestically scaled home.
The grand staircase at Devonshire in Bedford is highlighted by a Tiffany glass-domed ceiling, both original to the circa 1901 English-style country house set on over 100 acres.
The outdoor staircase at Fourviews in Bedford offers a striking approach to the oversized pool, patterned after the pool at Paradise Island’s famed Ocean Club Resort.
Entertaining on a grand scale can easily be accommodated in the entrance hall at Silver Oaks in Purchase, which spans 1300 square feet and hosts a magnificent floating staircase accented with hand-forged metal work.
If you love wine, there is no greater pleasure than a well-designed Wine Room.
In years past, the standard wine cellar was an appealing yet modest amenity, typically just a cool closet to store a small supply of wine.
More recently, as larger homes became the norm and wine collecting became a more popular (and lucrative) pursuit, the cellar has transformed into a place of greater importance . Today, we often see opulent wine rooms enhanced with intricate architectural detailing, computerized climate controls, party-sized tasting areas and the space to store thousands of bottles.
Here’s a sampling of the extraordinary wine rooms featured in a few of our Luxury Country Property estates for sale.
GRANDE FOLLY – SOUTH SALEM
Victorian-style design with a copper ceiling and tasting area.
Old-World artistry with a barrel ceiling and mahogany cabinetry
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If you are interested in wine, don’t miss the 19th Annual Harvest Party at the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery. This annual Fall tradition will be the afternoon of October 10th and an event not to be missed by Hudson Valley wine lovers. For more details visit their website.